Monday, May 23, 2011

The 68ers in the 00s...

I am currently working on a chapter regarding what has been written about the generation of 68 in the last decade. It is turning out to be harder than I thought, as many of the pivotal "recent" texts are from the 1990s (the vast majority of texts in the 68ers are from the 1970s and 80s). I am looking at how the 68ers have been located in the literary/ poetic tradition over the last ten years in reviews, journal articles and books etc. It is interesting to see how interpretations have changed over the years, as well as the different interpretations of where the 68ers fit in an Australian poetic tradition (which is such a difficult thing to pin down anyway). Know any good books on Australian poetry history?

I have found that John Kinsella's introduction to The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry is enlightening, as is David McCooey's chapter in The Cambridge Companion to Australian Literature, but I need to find more sources that participate in the ongoing critical discussion of the generation of 68/ recent critical reception.

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